The Sun Stone: An M. G. Towne Adventure – The Process

The Sun Stone: An M. G. Towne Adventure is story number twenty-six in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Okay, this is probably the last time I let a three-year-old tell me what to write.

On a Sunday evening, my son and I crawled into a closet with a flashlight where I let him pick four Story Cubes to roll. I’d used them successfully with story #9 (Home for a Fish), so I saw no reason not to repeat the process.

A week of scheduling mayhem combined with an idea that should probably not have been limited to a short story written in one week’s time led to one of my most bipolar writing projects ever. As a reader, I enjoy roller coasters. As a writer? Not so much.

Everything started off with a bang on the first Monday, but as the idea began to coalesce, I felt like I was trying to untangle those stinkin’ Christmas lights in late November. For every plot hole in which I’d manage to extricate myself, I’d created two more. It got so bad that by the middle of week two, I had to start another project or I was going to go crazy.

The good news is that I did finish it, hairy warts and all, and I was able to write my other story, therefore staying on track (though I’m still one story behind). There’s much I’d do differently, but the problem is I’m not sure what that ‘much’ would be. I’m not sure if my issue was a matter of starting without an outline or if this was just one of those ideas that didn’t work out for a gazillion other reasons.

All in all, I love my main character. My first reader did as well. She suggested I revisit it after my 52-week experiment. There’s some potential here, I think, for a series.

Here’s the general scratch file. One look at this and you’ll see just how much I went back and forth on several key points:

And the daily journal entries:


4 thoughts on “The Sun Stone: An M. G. Towne Adventure – The Process

  1. Ha, I love the idea of using story cubes. I might have to have your son roll me some. ?

    1. Hopefully you’ll have less of a struggle with it than I did! 😉

  2. Enjoyed the story but, like you, I think the MC is the star here. There’s a real sense of fun in your writing of him, think you could push it even further and have a winner on your hands.

    (Sorry. Playing catch up again!)

    1. No worries on the catch-up, Col. I know you’re a busy guy. I appreciate the feedback. Hopefully, the writing is still going well!

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